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    Borne by Jeff VanderMeer | Book Review

    Borne by Jeff VanderMeer This book made my brain explode with color. The post-apocalyptic world is alive with dreadful creatures, bubbling bio-chemical rivers and pools, and ruin. The heroine, Rachel, from what I gathered (she tells the story and mentions her appearance only briefly) appears to be a woman of color (African descent?), which is welcomed, as most science fiction has white characters and male protagonists. The antagonist, Mord, is a 3-story tall, brown bear that flies. Yes, you read that correctly. The title of the book is the name Rachel gives the almost human, plant and cephalopod like, bio-tech that she adopts, teaches, and shares living space with. Then…

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    Book Meme – 4 Sentences

    I’ve always enjoyed book memes. This is a fun one that you might enjoy. 1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!) Here is what I selected: Beeing: Life, Motherhood, and 180,000 Honeybees by Rosanne Daryl Thomas. This is a fabulous book! I’ve kept it at my desk because I’ve wanted to mention it in a post. I’m fascinated by bees and someday I hope to be a beekeeper. 2. Locate page 123. Find the first 5 sentences. On your blog, post the 4 sentences that follow those five. (You can edit down to 3 sentences if you prefer.) Here are my 4 sentences: He…

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    Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

    Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore had me at the name. Any novel with a title that includes the word bookstore has to be good; so it would seem. The book had its moments of interest and intrigue, but I was completely underwhelmed with the last third of the novel and the ending. Additionally, I don’t like epilogues – in any book. No epilogues please. I once read (I wish I could remember the author who said it), and I’m paraphrasing, that an epilogue is added to a novel when a novelist doesn’t know how to end their story. I have to agree. I found the integration of factoids on typography, web…